Resolution J5327-2013

Commending North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center on its 61st Annual Meeting, and paying tribute to the 2014 honorees

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  • May 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 29, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 22, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commending North Shore Child and Family Guidance
Center on its 61st Annual Meeting, and paying tribute to the 2014  hono-
rees

WHEREAS,  It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that the
quality and character of life in the communities across New  York  State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those organiza-
tions  and  individuals that are devoted to the welfare of the community
and its citizenry; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center on its 61st Annual  Meeting
to  be  celebrated  on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, and to pay tribute to the
2014 honorees; and
  WHEREAS, The North Shore Child and Family Guidance  Center  celebrates
60 years of service to the Long Island community; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1953,  The North Shore Child and Family Guidance Associ-
ation was officially incorporated as the result of a grassroots movement
of parents seeking to fill the gap in mental health services  for  chil-
dren; in 1956, it opened in Great Neck as the first independent communi-
ty-supported  mental  health  clinic  in  Nassau  County, and six months
later, the Center moved to a larger facility in Manhasset, New York; and
  WHEREAS, Other clinics opened in Port Washington and  Roslyn,  and  in
1984,  the name of the organization was changed to North Shore Child and
Family Guidance Center; and
  WHEREAS, Five years later,  North  Shore  Child  and  Family  Guidance
Center  was  awarded  a  chemical dependency license, and began to offer
outpatient services for youths in New Cassel; the program  later  became
the first in New York State to be awarded an Outpatient Chemical Depend-
ency for Youth License; and
  WHEREAS, In 1996, the Intensive Support Program, a school-based mental
health  partnership with Nassau BOCES, initiated the only service of its
kind in New York State; and
  WHEREAS, After the September  11,  2001  attack  on  the  World  Trade
Center,  North  Shore Child and Family Guidance Center was selected as a
FEMA-funded Project Liberty agency, providing  mental  health  care  for
traumatized  and bereaved children and families; their work was featured
on a primetime television documentary; and
  WHEREAS, In 2003, The Lucille and Martin E. Kantor Bereavement & Trau-
ma Center opened on the North Shore Child and Family  Guidance  Center's
main  campus in Roslyn Heights, housing the Schnurmacher Family Bereave-
ment and Trauma Program; and
  WHEREAS, Six years later, this  worthy  organization  formed  research
partnerships  with  the  New York University Child Study Center, the New
York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University, and the New  York
State Office of Mental Health; and
  WHEREAS, In 2010, North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center offered
its  first  service  in Suffolk County, a partnership with the Wyandanch
School District, to provide crisis counseling for children at risk; and
  WHEREAS, Furthermore, after Hurricane Sandy,  North  Shore  Child  and
Family  Guidance Center was selected as a FEMA-funded Project Hope agen-
cy, providing  crisis  counseling  for  devastated  families  throughout
Nassau County; and
  WHEREAS, The North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center continues to
respond  to  record numbers of emergency calls, and recently, the Fay J.
Lindner Triage and Emergency Services Program was named; and

  WHEREAS, This year's honorees include: Paul Vitale, Vice President and
former Treasurer, NSC & FGC,  recipient  of  the  Distinguished  Service
Award;  Karen  A.  Ellis, Executive Director, Nassau BOCES Department of
Special Education, recipient of the  Distinguished  Partner  Award;  Dr.
Carmine  J.  Scerra,  Assistant  Director,  Nassau  BOCES  Department of
Special Education, recipient of the  Distinguished  Partner  Award;  Dr.
James  R.    Dolan,  Jr., Director of the Nassau County Office of Mental
Health, Chemical Dependency  and  Developmental  Disabilities  Services,
recipient of the Public Service Award; Debbie Kassimir, Staff Award; and
Paul Tripodi, Staff Award; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, the following individuals will be recognized for
their 25 years of outstanding service to the North Shore Child and Fami-
ly  Guidance  Center:  Tyrone  Anthony,  Regina  Barros, Pat Byrnes, Lee
Holtzman, Anne Moraski, and Dr. Nellie Taylor-Walthrust; and
  WHEREAS, Individuals and organizations devoted to improving the quali-
ty of life for others, enabling them to build lives of dignity and self-
worth are deserving of the highest praise and recognition;  now,  there-
fore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commend North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center on its 61st  Annual
Meeting, and paying tribute to the 2014 honorees; and it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center, and the afore-
mentioned honorees.

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